Santorum gets late help from super PAC
December 28th, 2011
01:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum gets late help from super PAC

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - As Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum aims for a late surge in Iowa, a super PAC backing his candidacy is up with a new television ad calling him the "real conservative" in the GOP race.

"All across Iowa, there's a principled conservative uniting Iowans," says a narrator in the 30-second spot from "Red, White and Blue Fund," a committee organized by former Santorum adviser Nick Ryan.

The ad calls Santorum, who is making a play to consolidate the support of social conservatives, a "dedicated defender of the unborn."

It also casts the former Pennsylvania senator as a "reformer with results" and a crusader against "radical Islam."

The ad will run statewide during the final week before next Tuesday's caucuses, but the size of the buy - $250,000 - is relatively modest compared to big spending from other campaigns and super PACs.

The ad comes at a welcome time for Santorum as he makes a push for a top three finish in Iowa.

Santorum has run a threadbare campaign focused more on grassroots activity than paid media, so any presence on television is bound to help.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I doubt it will help much. If he breaks 5% it'll be a miracle.

    December 28, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. BLKMANinAmerica

    Amazing how each of the repuk runners are "hypen" themselfs up with pure LIES. Are they any honest repuks out here?

    December 28, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    A dedicated defender of the unborn huh. All the more reason why he shouldn't be President. This election is based around the economy, not right wing social issues.

    December 28, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    "Proven and ready" to establish a so-called Christian theocracy. This lines up well with the idea of the top 1%-2% owning and controlling everything, with a heavy stake in oil/energy (Koch brothers, Dick Cheney and Halliburton, the Bush family).

    Why does this sound familiar ? ..... Hmmmmmm ..... Oh, yeah, Saudi Arabia and the Saudi royal family (coincidentally, good buds with the Bush's). Power and money concentrated at the top, fundamentalist religious police keeping the masses in line, few civil liberties, the majority of the people living in poverty, religious-based "education."

    December 28, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    Sorry Rick. Your campaign has been flat-lining since the start. Pull it

    December 28, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    I doubt it will help much. If he breaks 5% it'll be a miracle.
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    Not only will Santroum break 5% in Iowa, I expect Santorum to hit nearly the double digits. Too bad that hes'a quitter.

    December 28, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Jim in San Mateo

    This guy is fascism incarnate. Thankfully, he'll be out of the race a week from today.

    December 28, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Proven & Ready ?

    Rick puts on a glow in the dark pink suit then shoots a few game birds on Christmas .

    I'm looking forward to see Ricks fashion statement on the New Years Day annual ice fishing with dynamite festival on lake Watsamatau .

    The Boston Rag is right , a car full of clowns .

    December 28, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Duke One

    I like Santorum but he doesn't have the money or organization needed to succeed. PERRY/RUBIO 2012 !!

    December 28, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Russ

    He forgot to add "most radical" to his coservative branding. Well, maybe not most, but pretty damn close to it. Sorry Rick you're a has been in the GOP circus.

    December 28, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Grover - This election is based around the economy,
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    Yes, and that does not bode well for Obama. But I'm sure he'll use smear and scare tactics to try and win re-election. They have worked for him well in the past with many gullible voters. But I think most voters have seen enough of his bag of treachery over the last few years.

    December 28, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    But I'm sure he'll use smear and scare tactics to try and win re-election. They have worked for him well in the past with many gullible voters.
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    But, the Republicans have already used smear and scare tactics to rationalize counting the Iowa ballots in secret. They have blinded the gullible conservative voters in the past, and they are intimidating the gullible conservative voters again.

    December 28, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Sinclair

    Proven? He lost his re-election. Guess it's proven the voters didn't want him in office again. But he didn't get the message.

    December 28, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Laughing my behind off...

    Ok Frothy, you're "proven and ready". Proven and ready for what? Fascism? No thank you. Be gone Mr. Froth man. Be GONE.

    December 28, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |